Colombia - Bogotá - Sparring Competition Course
On August 25th - 26th , 2012 was held in Bogota City, Colombia the 2nd Sparring Competition Course conducted by Master Ruben Suarez (VIII Degree Black Belt), Professor William Perlaza (VI Degree Black Belt) and sparring world champion Julio Carlos (III Degree Black Belt), all three of them coming from USA.
About 70 practitioners participated between color belts and black belts students who enjoyed and learned the techniques transmitted by Master Ruben. The course had an intensity of 10 hours within which professor Perlaza work on physical preparation for the competition and varied exercises to prepare a competitor. Master Suarez imparted his knowledge with children and adults based on sparring sequences to improve the techniques, as well as taught a segment for patterns.
The last day the competitor Julio Carlos performed sparring with all the participants. One by one he showed the proper way to perform movements, attacks and defenses depending on the opponent.
Again Colombian Taekwon-Do practitioners were pleased with this great course.
As director of the International Academy of Taekwon-Do and organizer I appreciate all the support of Master Ruben Suarez in his contribution to spread Taekwon-Do in our country.
Yours in Taekwon-Do,
GONZALO CAMELO FORERO
On August 29-31, 2012, Master Marcello F. Cancelliere of RED TIGER TKD hosted World Champions Mark Trotter and Carl Van Roon for a 3 day Sparring, Pre-arranged, Patterns and Specialty breaking Seminar. The Championship duo traveled to Philadelphia after conducting a similar course in Jamaica the week before.
Over 120 participants from various clubs and organizations took part in the intense, informative and entertaining seminars. The duo worked on conditioning drills, training strategies and awed the participants, and spectators alike, by demonstrating their extraordinary ability. The content and presentation were outstanding, professional and thorough. Mr. Trotter and Mr. Van Roon not only explained the bio-mechanics behind many of the techniques but also how their own philosophies were formed from their international competitive and training experiences.
Master Marcello F. Cancelliere
Red Tiger Tkd
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The 24th term of Afghanistan ITF Taekwon-Do Senior and Junior Championship was held at Kabul city on 3-4 September 2012. 150 competitors participated at this championship from several provinces of Aghanistan. The championship was held for pattern and sparring with the supportof the NOC of Afghanistan and ITF Taekwon-Do Federation of Afghanistan.
President ITF Afghanistan
On the weekend of Aug. 25 – 26, I had the honor of hosting Ms. Julia Cross, six-time ITF World Champion from Scotland, to give a Taekwon-Do seminar in Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. The event hit a milestone in the rich history of traditional Taekwon-Do in Canada, where many elite athletes have become world renowned and many events, either competitive or instructional, have become landmarks since the formation of the ITF. The compelling factor here is a woman giving the instruction on an international level. Canada has had endless seminars helmed by the Taekwon-Do founder, General Choi Hong Hi, and subsequently by the ITF technical committee. This instance is one of the only times in Canada where a female was giving the instruction. The experience was also new for Ms. Cross, who has conducted many trainings in different European regions but this was her first overseas venture. Held at the Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts Academy and co-hosted by Master Phil Nguyen, nine clubs were in attendance spanning over three countries – Canada, USA, and Argentina. Among the participants were four world champions, one Canadian national coach, and many national, international, and world medallists.
This seminar was the result of a facebook post in which Ms. Cross indicated she was looking to take vacation somewhere and asked for suggestions. Within a day, she received two dozen replies from fellow Taekwon-Do practitioners asking her to come to their respective countries. Among those replies was my request for her to come to Canada and give a seminar. The day after I posted this comment on her wall, she sent me a message asking me when I wanted her to come. At that time, having not met her face-to-face, I thought she was joking. When I came to the realization she was serious, we began to plan the date, the venue, and marketing of the event. By the time we had all the logistical information confirmed, I had barely spoken to anyone about her coming to Canada when I posted up the facebook event page. Within several hours, I received multiple texts and phone calls and already had about twenty people confirming their attendance.
Ms. Cross’ seminar covered reaction exercises, core conditioning, improving speed and power for fundamental techniques, sparring drills, and free-sparring. As Ms. Cross conducted her course, she livened up the room, speaking with passion and vigour. Also throwing in much sarcastic wit, the room would often explode into laughter.
During a portion of the seminar, there was a question period where the participants could gain a little more insight into Ms. Cross’ background in Taekwon-Do. It was during this time, she explained she had participated in over 500 tournaments in her career and had multiple knee surgeries and hip replacement done as a result of injuries sustained in training or in the ring. However, no one would have suspected she incurred any of these misfortunes because she was still demonstrating the drills and exercises with the strength and precision of a world-class athlete. Ms. Cross also touched on how she mentally prepares for a match before entering the ring and during the fight.
At the end of the session, everyone was sweating and sore. Ms. Cross worked everyone hard and made sure every participant was giving 100% effort. New friendships were formed and many old friends were reunited in this momentous event.
Years from now, Ms. Cross will have many different perspectives in the history of Taekwon-Do. Many will remember her as an instructor, a coach, and an inspiration to martial arts practitioners. Others will remember her as an athletic icon, fighting fierce battles in the ring that resulted in permanent injuries which forced her into retirement from competition. Those who have gotten to know her through interaction will remember her for having a charming sarcastic wit to her personality. For me, above all else, I will remember her for the opportunity she provided me to give back to the Taekwon-Do community. Thank you Ms. Cross! I hope you will continue to spread your Taekwon-Do knowledge throughout the world.
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Tasmania has its third member of the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame (AMAHOF) and the World Karate Union Hall of Fame (WKUHOF) following the induction in Cairns of Mr Steven Weston (6th Dan black belt) of Southern ITF Taekwon-Do, Hobart. (18th August 2012)
Mr.Weston joins the ranks of fellow Tasmanians, Mal Lomax (deceased) and Les Elliott in this prestigious body. The AMAHOF only inducts a few members from the Australasian region and its membership is limited by nomination.
Mr.Weston is a founding member and the current Secretary General of the ITF Taekwon-Do Australian National Association and was nominated by the President of the Tasmanian Martial Arts Council (TMAC) M.r Lionel Daley.
Mr. Weston was nominated in recognition of hisconsiderable and ongoing contribution to the development of Martial Arts in not only Tasmania but also Australia and worldwide. He said “it is a terrific honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but much of the credit for my own success goes to the many students I have taught and to my own Instructors and colleagues who have inspired me to seek ever higher standards and understanding of this great art”.
As part of his induction Mr. Weston presented a workshop explaining the mechanisms required to generate power in Taekwon-Do techniques.
The induction in Cairns recognised 10 new inductees from around the world including four from New Zealand and one from China. Perhaps the most notable was Mr. Ken (Blue) Curran OAM, who at 87 years of age continues to contribute to martial arts. “Blue” Curran began teaching martial arts in 1945 at the age of 20 to Army personnel in military unarmed combat, after his return from service in WW2 in Borneo and Rabaul. Despite his age, Blue Curran spent an hour teaching unarmed combat to the very experienced participants of a seminar on the weekend demonstrating he still has the capacity to defend himself.
The awards were presented as part of the annual formal dinner held by AMAHOF to induct its new members. Next year the awards are being held in Hobart at Wrest point Casino and are being organised by Shihan Les Elliott.
BACKGROUND BRIEFING PAPER 30th August 2012
Steve Weston is a Sixth degree black belt; International Instructor and Examiner from Southern ITF Taekwon-Do in Hobart. He has been teaching Taekwon-Do for over twenty years. Apart from his professional qualifications as a medical scientist and science teacher is qualified in fitness instruction, coaching and first aid.
He is the current Vice-President and Chair of the Umpire Committee of the Tasmanian Martial Arts Council and the Secretary General of ITF Taekwon-Do (Australia). In 19XX he jointly established and continues to be involved in the delivery of coaching course for Martial Arts instructors in Tasmania.
Mr Weston began his martial arts career in 1983 in Rhee Taekwon-Do (Australia) and achieved the rank of first degree in November 1986. In 1993 he joined the ITF and performed a recognition grading for 1st degree. He subsequently passed gradings for 2nd and 3rd degree; graded for 4thdegree in 1999 and in January 2003 was graded by Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa (9th degree head of the ITF and son of the Founder of Taekwon-Do) for 5thdegree. He tested for 6th degree under the ITF Technical Committee on the 27th July 2008. He is an International Instructor/Examiner and an “A” grade Umpire who has referee’d at four World Championships as the Australian representative of the ITF.
Since Joining the ITF he has attended five International courses with General Choi Hong Hi who founded the ITF style of Taekwon-Do, one with Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha, four with Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, and more recently four with the ITF Technical Committee and many national seminars with International Instructors.
Steve has competed in National and International competitions and has consistently won medals. In 1996 he won the gold medal in the black belt patterns division of the Australasian Championships. He has also coached many students that have won significant events in competition including several Australian, Australasian and Oceanic champions. Two of his students competed in the ITF World Championships in 2011. He was the Australian coach for the Australian Team at the World Championship inArgentina in 1999, and Referee and Umpire at the World Championshipsin Italy, Quebec, Mar del plata and Wellington. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian sports in 2000 by the Australian Government for his contribution to sport in Australia.
As the president of ITF Taekwon-Do Tasmania and head of Southern ITF Taekwon-Do he organised and hosted the National ITF Taekwon-Do Championships(2010) and the Oceania Championships (2012) in Hobart.
As senior instructor for Southern ITF Taekwon-Do he has trained over 500 students with over 50 of them achieving the rank of black belt or higher. Classes are held each week night at a dedicated dojang in Hobart.
Despite his competition awards Steve believes that apart from its obvious self-defence aspect, the purpose of Taekwon-Do is to allow students to develop self-confidence and attain their chosen goals. General Choi stated “Though it is a martial art, it’s discipline, techniques, and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice, humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art”.